Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This is what sailing Florida's Gulf Coast is all about.
No wonder I make so little progress when it comes to getting work done.

WED. 10/21/09
High: 85 Low: 71
Sunrise: 7:34
AM Winds: ENE 14
PM Winds: ENE 15

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mutiny on Soul Mate

Well, I guess my crew, Seaman FuzzyFace, decided that it was just too boring to remain on, Soul Mate. He jumped ship yesterday, via a leap from the V-berth, through the forward hatch. That hatch had been closed and filled from the inside with a custom fitted slab of R-8 insulation all summer. Since we were enjoying our first "nice" day of Fall, with temp's finally under 90 degrees, now a sudden drop to the high 60's, I removed the insulation and opened the hatch about 4 inches before leaving for Home Depot to buy materials to fit the new sliding screen/shade fixture to be installed inside the hatch. Needless to say I didn't discover until several hours later, he was gone. Of course, I ended up walking the docks shaking a bottle of "Cat Candy" for several hours, to no avail. And, I sat up till 3 AM, in the cockpit, periodically shaking the "Cat Candy." I finally hit the rack at three, leaving the forward and companionway hatches open. This morning, no FuzzyFace. I hope he leaped to the finger dock on his way to a great adventure, and did not decide to plunge off the deck and catch one of the big fish that lurk in the 15 foot water about the boat. Gee, I miss the silly cat.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Too hot to work on Soul Mate

The weather, (with heat index readings at or in excess of 100 degrees daily over the last week), has made it impossible for me to summon enough energy to work on the boat. This is the point in time when everyone sits around in the owners lounge at the marina and talks about what they "should be" doing.
However, I did start working on the storage situation. I am cutting the plywood sheet under the starboard cabin seat/bunk so I can put most of it on hinges. This will give access from the top of the area by simply removing the seat cushion and swinging the board up. Currently the only access is via two small doors on the front of the seat base. And, you have to get down on your hands and knees to see a bit of the storage area through the doors. This change will make the space under the seat much more usable, and easier to use.